Congregations and faith communities can install solar arrays on your facilities and reap big savings on electrical bills while living out your creation care values. Get free electricity from the sun plus incentive payments from your utility for the electricity these solar panels generate.
MNIPL's solar array program also pairs congregations with a tax equity partner. Receive a portion of the federal solar tax credit even as a non-profit that does not pay taxes. This tax break and other financial incentives means that installing solar can be a great investment, saving your community thousands of dollars in electrical bills.
In Minneapolis? A special program called Lake Street Solar is bringing rooftop solar installations to all Minneapolis businesses and non-profits, including congregations and faith communities. Learn more.
Community Solar Garden (CSG)
Congregation can go solar with no money down and without owning an array and still save on electrical bills by subscribing to a CSG. These are large solar arrays that multiple customers buy into for some or all of their electricity.
In Minnesota, customers must be in the same or in an adjacent county to where the array is installed. CSG developers typically install these large arrays in rural areas where land is less expensive. For this reason, no CSGs are currently available for faith communities located in Ramsey and Hennepin Counties.
Our current CSG partner is Impact Power Solutions, one of Minnesota’s first solar power companies and an expert in CSGs. Email [email protected] to get started. Counties which currently have CSGs available are: Washington, Chisago, Dakota, Sterns, Wright, Carver.